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jastroff
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7/3/2016 | 2:29:03 PM
Self-Driving Vehicles
We've had lots of discussion on the IW message center about self-driving vehicles.

There are those who think they will be perfected and rule the highway. There are those wo believe their use will be limited to controlled environments which don't necessarily involve people, i.e. industrial uses or smaller travel routes with controlled enviornments. 

I tend to be in the latter camp. In thinking  more about self-driving vehicles, it's clear that the driver will always have to be aware of the traffic, their surroundings, etc. With the amount of distracted driving that's going on today when we need BOTH hands on the wheel, it's hard to imagine one would get into a car as a passenger with the driver watching videos and looking at their text messages, even with or especially because of autopilot applications, which people can't always control
Whoopty
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7/4/2016 | 7:37:49 AM
Re: Self-Driving Vehicles
Although I think you're right about industrial uses of self-driving vehicles, I have to disagree that there will be a limit on its usefulness. There are still major problems with the technology, it still needs to get better, still needs to be tweaked and used over millions of miles of roads. 

That means it's going to be a slow transition. Yes, for now people should pay attention, but there's very little point in driverless technology if we also have to have a human watching over it. It will be possible in the future to make a driverless car that is more aware than human counterparts and can react faster too.

At that point why would we not move towards removing humans from the equation in driving? Insurance costs come down, fuel efficiency improves, the roads become less dangerous for pedestrians. 

As sad as it will be that people may well die on the road while the technology is improved, I believe it will be worth it in the long run.
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7/4/2016 | 10:50:31 AM
Self driving vehicles
We talked about that the whole saturday evening. It seems crazy the driver was watching at Harry Potter on his dvd while driving on a speedway. I suppose he got a complete trust and confidence on his car over time but for me Tesla is not responsible for what happened : they always said it's a "beta" technology.

In my family circle, some consider Tesla should be prosecuted for this accident but the fact is the driver should have kept an eye on the road and hands on the wheel, to react quicky. We all know it's not 100% safe and just a new technology, with fails and risks. Even Google's car, which is much more safe with the 360° radar on the roof can't be used without being mindful of the journey.


Google's technology was already famous for being better, this is a hard news for Tesla. But my opinion is that they're not faulting in the accident.
paulno
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7/4/2016 | 10:58:47 AM
Second thought
By the way I don't understand that kind of vehicles can be driven by common people on ordinary roads. That's extremely dangerous on my mind, both for the driver and every other vehicles and it should still be tested during years on private circuits by professionals.

 

That's the case for planes, copters, sport cars and so on, it's amazing the life of ordinary people who are just going to work like any other day anything could be destroyed by some others that accept to take thoughtless risks. They can do what they want regarding them but I could not accept it if my daughter's were injured  in such a situation.
jastroff
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7/4/2016 | 12:39:35 PM
Re: Second thought
Excellent point -- driving in controlled environments -- as several car companies  are doing. Seems like Tesla took a risk based on arrogrance? Can't tell, but excellent point

>> That's extremely dangerous on my mind, both for the driver and every other vehicles and it should still be tested during years on private circuits by professionals.
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7/4/2016 | 11:57:55 PM
Re: Self-Driving Vehicles
"there's very little point in driverless technology if we also have to have a human watching over it..."

Exactly - if you still have to pay attention, then why not just do it yourself?  Who is willing to risk their life depending on a hunk of metal to think for you?  Computers are only as smart as the people who programmed them, and as we can now see, those people didn't cover every circumstance.  Talk about a bug in the system...yikes.  No thanks!
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7/5/2016 | 3:04:19 AM
Re: Self-Driving Vehicles
People get killed all the time when an idiot in a big rig turns in front of them illegally without enough distance to complete the turn. I can't understand why on earth anyone thinks that a human driver would have been any more successful at avoiding a collision than the Autopilot was.
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7/5/2016 | 7:32:54 AM
Re: Self-Driving Vehicles
Although the human eye is (probably) better at diferntiating between bright colours than the Tesla's sensor system, I do agree, human drivers make awful mistakes all the time. If all cars were automated with location data in a central database of some kind, this sort of collision would never happen. It would be impossible. 

I'm looking forward to automated cars, but just as with the earliest of vehicles and safety concerns we weren't aware of yet, there will unfortunately be deaths and injuries on the road to full autonomy. When we get there though, the stats suggest we'll all be far safer. 
NJ Mike
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7/5/2016 | 11:04:42 AM
Just some thoughts
"People get killed all the time when an idiot in a big rig turns in front of them illegally without enough distance to complete the turn" -- from the article, we don't know if the truck turned illegally or didn't allow enough distance.

 

The point is made that automation is degrading pilot skills.  That will be magified with cars for two big reasons.  First, getting a pilot's license takes a lot more training than a drivers license.  Secondly, there are lot more systems used to control air flight to keep air craft organized in the sky.  Therefore, if a jumbo jet makes an unexpected turn, there is rarely another aircraft in the area.  And we can add to that the many regulations pertaining to a pilot's behavior before flight (such as no drinking for a specified number of hours before takeoff).

 

JMHO - all this neat technology should be used to assist the driver, but the driver must always be in control.
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7/5/2016 | 2:13:47 PM
Re: Just some thoughts
"The driver must always be in control"

Exactly, which is why you can't be watching Harry Potter movies when "chaperoning" your "driverless" car.

 

 
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